Daycare Lunch Ideas

Simple and kid-friendly lunch ideas will help your mid-day meal be more pleasurable. If you are a typical daycare provider, you and the kids have been busy all morning, and you are ready for lunch and quiet time.

Choose one of the ideas below. They have all been kid-tested.


Hot Dog Wraps

Open a package of crescent rolls. Separate the triangles. Roll a hot dog up in each triangle. Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.


Easy Tuna Hot-dish

Combine 3 cups of cooked noodles, 1 can of tuna (drained), 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 small can of green peas (drained) and ½ cup milk.

Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Serves 4.


Potato Wedges

Cut potatoes into long wedges. It’s your choice to leave skins on or not. Each potato should make about eight wedges. Melt a pat of butter for each potato used. Brush some on a cookie sheet and the rest on the potato wedges. Bake at 400 degrees about 45 minutes.

*Check at the 20 minute mark, move the wedges around to make sure they don’t stick.


Cottage Cheese Fruit Salad

Looking for a simple side salad for lunch? Sprinkle two six ounce packages of Jell-O (any flavor) over 32 ounces of cottage cheese. Mix together. Add one large can crushed pineapple (drained) and 8 ounces of ready-made whipped topping. Mix well and serve cold.


Spaghetti Cupcakes

Cook 8 ounces of spaghetti, drain, and set aside. Beat 4 eggs, then add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and the spaghetti noodles to the egg mixture. Stir to combine. Lightly press the noodles into greased muffin tins. Fill two thirds full. For topping you'll need a jar of spaghetti sauce and two cups of mozzarella cheese. Top each cupcake with sauce and cheese.

Bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees. This is a great kids lunch idea. My grandson can't get enough of these.


Daycare Meal Help:


For some fun kids activities, go to KIDS ART ACTIVITIES for:

  • Art ideas using crayons, markers or paint
  • Super Simple Art
  • Easy Toys to Make and more…

OR… hop on over to the FREE PRINTABLES section for:

  • Simple Butterfly Craft
  • Letter to Santa
  • Number Coloring Pages
  • Printable Lotto/Match Games
  • Winter Sensory Picture and more…

Both sections have lots of ideas to make planning activities for your daycare practically effortless.


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